Citroen C3 review


What is?

Since the launch of the third-generation model in 2016, the C3 has become something of a success story for Citroën. The best seller of the brand, in fact, with more than 780,000 sales worldwide. This mid-life update, unsurprisingly, focuses on refinement rather than revolution, with subtle styling changes, an updated interior, and the latest petrol and diesel engines.

“No other car in the segment offers so many customization possibilities,” says Citroën, with 97 different exterior color combinations, compared to 36 for the previous car. This includes seven exterior body colors, four two-tone roof colors (and matching wing mirrors and side panel trim), plus four color packs that determine key elements like fog light surround and bumper insert color. Air bump panel. Good luck choosing one.

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The front end has also been restyled, with new LED headlights and a revised look that give the new C4 and e-C4 a familiar look. The model is also available with new 17-inch alloy wheels and a refreshed Airbump design; It’s not to everyone’s taste, but they certainly come in handy for guarding against frustrating parking lot potholes and scratches.

Inside, the C3 is all about comfort: take the optional plush front bucket seats, standard on all top-of-the-line Flair Plus models. As part of Citroën’s ‘Advanced Comfort’ programme, the cabin has been designed to isolate passengers, with even more options available with three different dashboard finishes and matching seat details. Yeah, this one isn’t about sportsmanship.

There are three trim levels: the cheapest is the Feel at £16,280, you’ll pay at least £17,730 for a Flair, and £1,000 more for the top-of-the-range Flair Plus. Standard equipment on all three trims is generous enough to include a seven-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (which works well), automatic climate control, and cruise control.

Powertrain options include two PureTech petrol engines, available with 83 or 110 hp, or a 100 hp BlueHDi diesel. As for gearboxes, the less powerful petrol and diesel come with five-speed manual gearboxes, while the 110bhp petrol is available with a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. For company car drivers, all engines are exempt from the 4% BIK surcharge, but perhaps not from the questioning looks of your colleagues depending on the color combinations you’ve chosen.

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Our choice of the range.

1.2 PureTech 110 Flair 5 doors

What’s the verdict?

With its unique styling, impressive levels of comfort and enhanced personalization options, the C3 is a car to live in.

We were fans of the pre-facelift C3, so it’s a relief that this one came out with minor tweaks rather than a major redesign, because as a small hatchback, the C3 stands its ground.

Ordinary is boring, and the C3 is just the opposite. With 97 different exterior color combinations, it’s unlikely you’ll see one like it or lose yours in a crowded parking lot. win win

As an everyday car, you’ll value your comfort more than a competitor’s performance and handling, we bet. It offers something a little different than most of its rivals, and that’s not a bad thing. It’s a car that’s fun to live with and also has a good dose of character.

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